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The Role of Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer in an Innovation supporting firm: case study: Uminova Innovation AB
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Uminova Innovation AB is an organization that helps entrepreneurs to develop and support a business idea and build growing company. The company also provides important knowledge, network and business coach which helps an entrepreneur to think bigger with free of charge (Uminovainnovation, 2013). Uminova Innovation AB also contributes commercialization of business ideas. The company offers structured process, network and creative setting. It focuses on business ideas from students, employees and researchers at Umeå University and hospital in general. Uminova Innovation creates inspiring environment which is comfortable for working process by offering full infrastructure; from conference room to fully equipped office. At the same time, they also work to develop multi- aspects in the areas of leadership, book-keeping, financing, business development, communication, sales and intellectual property.

Knowledge management made a considerable development over the last 40 years. During 1990’s knowledge management was considered as one of the critical part of service provision. In the current knowledge based economy, competitive advantage and organizational performance are highly influenced by the human capital which depends on the knowledge of the manual labor. The concept became a source of competitive advantage in the last few decades in many organizations.

This thesis investigates the role of knowledge management and knowledge transfer in an innovation supporting firm setting. It specifically deals how the interpersonal knowledge sharing perceived by the actors(employees) involved in an innovation supportive firm and how the knowledge transfer process function in the firm. The thesis aspires to contribute its role on interpersonal knowledge sharing/transfer process in innovation supporting firm as there is a limitation of study in that specific area.  The purpose of the study is to explore the mechanism of knowledge sharing (transfer) in an innovation supporting firm. The study follows qualitative approach; case studies are applied by using semi-structured data collection mechanism. Furthermore, purposive sampling is used to select the five respondents for the empirical chapter. The theoretical part of the thesis is written in the way to increase the understanding of the research area and to answer the research question by examining various concepts which is related to the study. The analysis part is made incompatible with the theoretical parts which were; knowledge, knowledge management, knowledge transfer, knowledge sharing, knowledge management and innovation supporting firm and communication

The finding of the thesis shows Uminova Innovation AB has given emphasize on the inter-personal employees communication. Interpersonal communication has been characterized by open, outgoing, very informal and good climate. The main channel of communication identified in the study is: internal meetings, weekly meetings, dialogues, e-mail, conference, telephone, business coaching and intranet document save system. A similar finding shows that knowledge transfer process conducted 60% by informal and 40% formally. This study has found that generally communication, personal knowledge (tacit), socialization, Trust & culture, organizational structure and motivational factors are the factors that the study highlights would influence interpersonal knowledge sharing/ transfer process in innovation supporting firm. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 87 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge, Knowledge transfer, Knowledge sharing, Communication, Interpersonal knolwledge sharing, Innovation supporting firm, Umivova innovation AB
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95344OAI: diva2:758780
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Uminova Innovation AB
Educational program
Master's program in Business Development and Internationalisation
sanvetet, Umeå University, Umeå (English)
Uminova Innovation AB
Available from: 2014-10-28 Created: 2014-10-28 Last updated: 2014-10-28Bibliographically approved

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